Cellulosic Ethanol Plant - Nevada, Iowa

The DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Nevada, Iowa: Leading the Way for Commercialization

Together with area farmers, DuPont is making cellulosic ethanol commercialization a reality with construction of a cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.


DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Facility

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Situated in a prime agricultural location, the $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant will be among the first commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in the world. The Nevada, Iowa, facility is expected to be online in early 2015.

The plant will convert corn stover (corn cobs, leaves and stalks) to 30 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol annually.

  • DuPont is collaborating with more than 500 local farmers to gather, store and deliver 375,000 dry tons of corn stover each year.
  • Stover will be harvested from 190,000 acres of farmland within 30 miles of the plant.
  • Proximity to Iowa State University and DuPont Pioneer research locations enables further research, collaboration and innovation.
  • The plant’s fully integrated end-to-end production system will be available to license globally.

DuPont is devoted to working with producers to create value across the biomass supply chain. Our vision is to provide sustainable solutions to the evolving advanced biofuels market, while creating new opportunities for rural America.

DuPont advancing cellulosic ethanol commercialization

Infographic: Commercializing Advanced Biofuels in Iowa


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